Just a quickie to say that we now have the brilliant Chord Electronics Blu II Upscaling CD Transport on permanent demo, well actually we have had a few on demo now but due to it’s popularity, which in turn creates long lead times, the customer’s have taken our demo model which has left us without one but I am really hoping to keep this one on permanent demo.
For those who don’t know one of the reasons for the success of the Blu 2 is that it has the Robb Watts M Scaler buil
Sonus Faber / PMC / Bryston / Quadraspire / Atlas Cables
Had a nice local install last week around 200 miles away in the Liverpool area, well worth the drive though as the system really did sing, not sure how many other people around the world have partnered the PMC Cor amplifier with the Sonus Faber Guarneri Tradition Speakers but it is a combination I can really recommend as the amp really drove the speakers extremely well giving a really open and powerful sound which wa
Now this is a blog I have been meaning to write for a few months now but for whatever reason I never seemed to find the time which is crazy really as it is regarding one of my favourite speakers that we have on demo at HFL.
All the products we have in here are pretty awesome to be fair but I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have a few favourites and when it comes to any Maggie well they are right up their giving something truly different, one of the most natural presentations
Arcam’s New HDA Range Now On Demo!
Like myself I am sure at some point most of us have owned Arcam or still do, at the moment I run their AV860 at home along with a couple of P429′s for cinema duties so it is always great news when Arcam bring something new to market and with their new HDA range they are offering truly great performance at very competitive prices.
We have all 3 new products on permanent demo, the SA10 integrated amp really sings and now with th
Happy to say that we now have the new Naim 500 Series ND555 Network Player now on permanent demo, it’s certainly been a long wait but happy to say that the wait has certainly been worth it as it really is brilliant as anyone will know who came to our launch event a couple of weeks ago.
This is Naim’s first 500 Series streamer and although it is a fair bit more expensive than the NDS that it kind of replaces it really is quite a step up in performance. We have it on demo in
Devialet have refreshed their Expert Pro range, firstly the Expert 130 Pro has now become the Expert 140 Pro giving another 10 watts per channel and equally as importantly the price has been reduced to £4490 which does make the entry point to Expert Pro extremely competitive when you consider what you get performance and feature wise.
Also Devialet have announced the Dual Mono Expert 210 Pro making the entry point to go Dual Mono with Devialet much more affordable, it real
So it is easy to get excited about new products but I have to say once I heard about Chord’s plans to take the M Scaler from the brilliant Blu 2 CD Transport and make it a stand alone device I got a little excited, well the good news is that it is now a reality as Chord announced it at CanJam at the weekend and I don’t think I am being over excited by saying this really is a game changer and if you love your music then you really do need a Hugo M Scaler in your system.
Just a quick blog to say that we now have the new Audio Research 160M Valve Mono Blocks now on Permanent demo and I have to say I have never seen a cooler looking amp with their VU meters that can be switched off if required as it is projected onto the glass, I know it isn’t sound quality related but who said HiFi shouldn’t look great
They use 4 x KT150 Valves each giving around 150 Watts Per Channel with also the option for Ultra-Linear or Triode mode and now with Auto Bias t
Sometimes it really is a now brainer to bring on a new brand and this was the case when looking at the Roon Nucleus Servers, personally I have been running Roon at home for quite some time now and I really wouldn’t want to go back to life before Roon, it really is a game changer if you stream your music.
Roon can be a little difficult to explain but one thing is for sure once you have experienced it then there is no going back. Basically if you stream your music then Roon
Well the weekend was definitely a big tick on my bucket list to say that I have now raced at Silverstone
In all honesty though I really thought this would be my best track as I had driven it before in a Caterham but in reality it turned out to be a real bogey track, I made progress on the quick guys and I was generally OK everywhere other than Maggott’s, I just couldn’t get that corner right all weekend, as you can see from a clip taken from Qualifying, I was determined to get
When it comes to vinyl there are not many companies as experienced as Rega so when they say they have a new phono stage that is the best they can possibly make and will get the best from your record collection, well I just couldn’t resist, so I am pleased to say that we now have the new Rega Aura Reference MC Phono Stage on permanent demo.
I have just finished un-boxing it so please find a few pictures below, it is certainly beautifully made, it is priced at £3999, so cert
Just a quick blog with a couple of very nice installs from last week, unfortunately the pictures are not the best from the first one but the system certainly sounded awesome, it is only a temporary install at the moment whilst the customers listening room is being finished.
Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeakers
Chord Electronics Dave Reference DAC
Melco N1ZS M
Just a quickie to say that I will be racing our HiFi Lounge Radical SR1 at Silverstone this weekend, now there is a sentence I never thought I’d be saying
When we signed up for the SR1 Cup at the start of the year this was the race that I circled on the calendar as the race I was most looking forward to, firstly I have actually driven this track once on a track day last year and also, it is Silverstone For me it doesn’t get any better than this, the first Grand Prix I ev
This is certainly an event I am looking forward to having not heard the ND555 yet myself but according to Naim the new flagship ND555 Network player really does move on what is possible from a streamer and what with this being Naim’s first 500 Series streamer they are saying it is the best source component they have ever developed so expectations are bound to be high.
We will have representatives from Naim on hand to talk through it’s development and what actually makes th
This was certainly a nice install, not sure if anyone one saw on social media that we did the below home demo for a customer to compare the Wilson Audio Sabrina’s v the Yvettes a couple of months ago?
Well last week we finally installed his new Yvette’s in the stunning Macadamia finish along with an Audio Research Reference 6 Pre-amp and Reference 75SE Power amplifier and SME Model 15 turntable and SME V tonearm, we are still experimenting with various cartridges but
I’m not really sure when the idea popped into my head about going racing with Radical Sportscars but as soon as it did I thought it would be really cool if we could run it as a HiFi Car, then the idea developed into a ‘Best Of British’ HiFi Car, so the next step was to approach all my British brands that we work with, now I knew this wasn’t going to be everyones cup of tea, in fact I did wonder if anyone would be mad enough to agree but luckily enough 6 of our brands were crazy enough to think i
Our next Radical SR1 race is at Silverstone on June 23rd and in preparation for this I was out testing on Friday to help get more familiar with the car and also with the track, I have to say this was the first time I have been in the car and actually not been scared I actually started to feel relaxed in it and really enjoyed the day, I think it helps that even though Silverstone is a fast track it is very wide with large run off areas, I have watched many of my heroes over the
Here are another couple of systems that we have installed recently, have to say with 2 x REL S5′s on this system it really rocked the customer’s foundations when turned up loud, sounded brilliant
Focal Sopra N°2 Floorstanding Speakers
Chord Electronics Dave Reference DAC / Headphone Amplifier
Bryston 4B³ Dual-Channel (Stereo) Amplifier
I’m pleased to announce that our next open day isn’t too far away, we will be holding an event in conjunction with Melco on Saturday June 9th between 10am-4pm, Melco really are the leaders when it comes to digital servers and players whether it is to feed an existing streamer or to feed a DAC direct as a player, Melco really does get the best from your digital music collection.
We are really pleased to say that we will have Alan Ainslie here for the whole day, a lot of you may
Both Wendy and myself wanted to send out a massive thanks to everyone who came along to our Boys Toys Day yesterday, it was great seeing so many familiar faces as well as a lot of new people come along, it really was an epic day with a brilliant turnout of some amazing cars from all era’s, quite possibly the best yet over the 3 events we have held so far, also how lucky were we with the weather? I am sure God must be a petrolhead
Also I want to send out a massive thanks t
Just a quick update regarding this Saturday’s Boys Toys Day, I guess the main thing is that the weather is looking good with cloud and sun and hitting a rather nice 72 degrees, so the perfect weather to take the car out for a spin, we've got a fair few Lotus's coming along but the more the merrier so please feel free to come along if you fancy a drive.
We’ll be spending all day Friday setting up, well saying that most of it will probably be trying to set a time on the Simu
I have no problem in saying that when it comes to speakers I have quite a soft spot for Wilson Audio speakers, it was only a couple of years ago that I heard my first pair of Wilsons but it was one of those moment in HiFi that I will never forget, very much like when I heard a pair of PMC BB5 XBD’s, it really changed what you think is possible from a speaker.
So when Wilson announce a new speaker then that is big news indeed, well being that the new TuneTot is Wilson’s sma
Just wanted to post a few pictures from last weekends race at Snetterton, a big thanks to Oliver Read, Radical’s Photographer for taking such awesome pictures
Looking back on my 2nd race weekend I would say I did OK but not great, made big gains on Friday in testing thanks to my coach Tom Gladdis where he helped me find over 5 seconds from where I started the day getting down to a 2 min 3 sec lap which I was pretty happy with bearing in mind I had never driven the Snetter